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From Sriram Krishnan <>
Subject Re: move tables into different database
Date Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:47:13 GMT
I had to resort to a shell script, the crux of it was something like this:

echo "Getting the DB_ID for the source database:"
source_db_id=`mysql -u $mysql_user -h $mysql_host -p$mysql_passwd $mysql_db -e "select DBS.DB_ID
from TBLS, DBS where TBLS.TBL_NAME=\"$tbl_name\" and TBLS.DB_ID = DBS.DB_ID and DBS.NAME=\"$source_db\";"
| grep -v DB_ID`

echo "Getting the DB_ID for the target database:"
target_db_id=`mysql -u $mysql_user -h $mysql_host -p$mysql_passwd $mysql_db -e "select DBS.DB_ID
from DBS where DBS.NAME=\"$target_db\";" | grep -v DB_ID`

echo "Migrating table to $target_db database"
mysql -u $mysql_user -h $mysql_host -p$mysql_passwd $mysql_db -e "update TBLS set DB_ID=$target_db_id
where TBL_NAME=\"$tbl_name\" and DB_ID=$source_db_id;"

The parameters source_db and target_db are the names of the source and target database respectively,
and the name of the table to migrate is tbl_name. I should note that this worked for us for
Hive 0.7.1, and we were using a MySQL database for the metastore.

Its certainly hacky, but did the job. Before you actually do the update in the last step,
you may want to test it thoroughly :).


From: hadoop hive <<>>
Reply-To: <<>>
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:19:14 +0530
To: <<>>
Subject: Re: move tables into different database

Thanks All,

Sriram can you explain about that shell script which directly update the metadata.

Actually data is in large amount , having many tables which is not possible to move the data
and create each table into different database;

table also have some partitions.

Vikas Srivastava

On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 7:22 AM, Matt Tucker <<>>
Someone recently posted a command to convert a managed table to an external table. If you
also use that command, there's no expensive copy operation.

You'd probably want to move the data into a different HDFS directory though, to keep your
namespace as consistent as possible,


On Jan 30, 2012, at 8:48 PM, Sriram Krishnan <<>>

You could do that if you don't mind moving the data (which may be expensive depending on how
much data you have). Also if your table is partitioned, you may have to do another additional
step (to recover partitions).


From: Aniket Mokashi <<>>
Reply-To: <<>>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:32:03 -0800
To: <<>>
Subject: Re: move tables into different database

If you are on hdfs

How about--

use db1;
create table table1 like db2.table1;

and move the data?


On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 8:09 AM, Sriram Krishnan <<>>
AFAIK there is no way in HiveQL to do this. We had a similar requirement in the past, and
we wrote a shell script to update the MySQL metastore directly (obviously not the cleanest
or recommended way to go).


From: hadoop hive <<>>
Reply-To: <<>>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:05:13 +0530
To: <<>>
Subject: move tables into different database

Hey folks,

Is this possible to moves table into different hive database??

Vikas Srivastava

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